John Dewey's Ethics: Democracy as Experience (American Philosophy)
By: Gregory Pappas (author)Paperback
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John Dewey, widely known as "America's philosopher," provided important insights into education and political philosophy, but surprisingly never set down a complete moral or ethical philosophy. Gregory Fernando Pappas presents the first systematic and comprehensive treatment of Dewey's ethics. By providing a pluralistic account of moral life that is both unified and coherent, Pappas considers ethics to be key to an understanding of Dewey's other philosophical insights, especially his views on democracy. Pappas unfolds Dewey's ethical vision by looking carefully at the virtues and values of ideal character and community. Showing that Dewey's ethics are compatible with the rest of his philosophy, Pappas corrects the reputation of American pragmatism as a philosophy committed to skepticism and relativism. Readers will find a robust and boldly detailed view of Dewey's ethics in this groundbreaking book.
Gregory Fernando Pappas is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M University. He is the author of numerous articles on the philosophy of William James and John Dewey. He has been the recipient of a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship as well as the William James and the Latin American Thought prizes by the American Philosophical Association.
PrefaceList of AbbreviationsIntroductionPart 1. Moral Theory and Experience1. Experience as Method2. Moral Theory and Moral Practice3. The Normative Standpoint of PragmatismPart 2. Dewey's View of Moral Experience4. Morality as Experience5. The "What" of Moral Experience6. The "How" of Moral Experience7. Character and Conduct: Dewey and the Great Divide in Ethics8. Present Activity and the Meaning of Moral Life9. Conclusion: The Need for a Recovery of Moral PhilosophyPart 3. The Ideal Moral Life10. The Intelligent, Aesthetic, and Democratic Way of Life11. The Ideal Moral Self12. Democracy as the Ideal Moral Community13. A Philosophical Justification of DemocracyConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex
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